“Happy Counterterrorism Day” is an article in Harper’s Magazine that, if you haven’t read, you must. I think this one’s going on my imaginary bookshelf with Umberto Eco’s Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt.
Remember: sooner or later, we’re all subject to the iron boot. If you don’t stand up for your neighbors, they won’t be able to stand up for you. Religious fanaticism, political ideologies, and handwringing about what will happen to our children are tools of the powerful to gain more power. They’ll use flags and icons to get us to oil their machinery with our blood.